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Local Businesses Honored at United Way Leadership Giving Thank You Breakfast

More than 110 local companies were honored for their philanthropy and leadership at United Way of Dane County’s second annual Leadership Giving Thank You Breakfast.

On February 3, 2015, United Way of Dane County held its second Leadership Giving Thank You Breakfast at the Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club. This event focused on celebrating the collective impact of over 110 local companies and the several thousand local leadership level philanthropists who made United Way of Dane County’s 2014 campaign a record breaking success. This event was sponsored by American Family Insurance.
“You have all done so much for United Way, but there is a clear need for Leadership Givers like us to keep this important work moving forward,” says Ginger Zimmerman, 2015 Key Club Chair, Shareholder at Murphy Desmond SC. “This is what gets results and adds vitality to the livelihood of our community. This embodiment of philanthropy is the major contributor to ensuring our community’s toughest issues are addressed.”

The room was at capacity with a record breaking attendance. More than 330 local community and business leaders attended the celebration. The event focused on illustrating the impact of leadership giving on ending the cycle of poverty in Dane County with keynote speaker Noble Wray, Former Madison Police Chief and United Way Volunteer, who spoke of the new HIRE Initiative. “The initiative is working for the next three years to help 240 individuals secure or improve their employment and 45 families secure stable housing,” says Wray. “Solving poverty in our community takes more than jobs, though. Families also need a stable place to call home and a solid educational foundation for their children. Supporting programs like Housing First are also strengthening these efforts by putting families in stable housing and providing the support to stay there.”

Businesses who lead this effort also were recognized for their achievements with special Key Club awards. In addition, Key Club Coordinators and Rosenberry Ambassadors who lead the efforts in their individual companies were also recognized.

It’s not too late to get involved with United Way. People who are interested in supporting United Way can do so in the following ways:
Make a Gift to United Way:
Give through your workplace campaign, start a workplace campaign at your organization or business, visit www.unitedwaydanecounty.org, call (608) 246-4350, or send contributions to United Way of Dane County, PO Box 7548, Madison WI, 53707-7548. We invite every member of the Dane County community to participate!

Volunteer throughout the year:
Visit www.unitedwaydanecounty.org and click on “Volunteer Now” or call United Way 2-1-1 by dialing 2-1-1 or 246-4357.

2014 United Way Leadership Top Award Winners

Largest Key Club Donor Increase:
Recognizes an organization that has the largest percent increase in the number of new Key Club members.
American Family Insurance

Largest Key Club Dollars Increase:
Recognizes an organization that generates the largest increase in Key Club giving.
American Family Insurance

Largest Percent Increase in Key Club Dollars:
Recognizes an organization that generate the largest percentage increase in Key Club dollars.
Morgan Stanley

Largest Average Key Club Gift:
Recognizes an organization for having the largest average Key Club gift.
Meridian Group, Inc.

2014 Key Club Coordinators

Elizabeth Barden, NGL Insurance Group
Brigette Best, Capital Newspapers
Thomas Bier, Morgan Murphy Media
Steven Boeder, The Vollrath Company, L.L.C.
Tracy Buglass, Agrace HospiceCare, Inc.
Carol Cichocki, American Family Insurance
Paul Clark, Stephan & Brady, Inc.
Amy Jo Cross, DEMCO, Inc
Pamela Cross-Leone, Madison Gas and Electric Company
Amanda Dean, Alliant Energy
Julie Diemer, Flad Architects
Mike Doers, Johnson Bank
Sharon Egan, AnchorBank fsb
Emily Feinstein, Quarles & Brady LLP
Kaya Freiman, American Transmission Company
Rebecca Gerothanas, Summit Credit Union
Peter Gray, The QTI Group
Kristine Gringas, Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club
LeAnn Gristead, The Management Group
Thomas Gross, Herzing University
Luke Gulbrand, Covance, Inc.
Angela Hildestad, Smith & Gesteland LLP
Erik Johnson, Hy Cite Corporation
Andrew Justman, Madison Investment Advisors, LLC
Lee Kampa, UW Credit Union
Char Lodl, Springs Window Fashions, LLC
Daniel Lonsdorf, MIG Commercial Real Estate
Chad Luetkens, Wisconsin Distributors, Inc.
Seth Mandel, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Laura McFadden, Madison Gas and Electric Company
James McNulty, Oak Bank
Mark Meloy, First Business
Patricia Meyer, University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation
Edward Murphy, Sub-Zero Wolf, Inc.
Ron Osterholz, AnchorBank fsb
Tracy Pape, Rural Mutual Insurance Company
Meg Prestigiacomo, Baird
Brody Richter, DeWitt, Ross & Stevens, S.C.
Jamie Riese, The Management Group
Robert Schaller, Hooper Corporation
Christopher Schmitz, Stoughton Hospital Association
Ginger Shomberg, American Girl
Marianne Siess, University of Wisconsin Foundation
Joann Solberg, AAA Wisconsin
Kirt Soukup, BMO Harris Bank
Dorothy Steffens, Credit Union National Association
Gary Strohm, Strohm Ballweg LLP
Robert Stroud, Stroud, Willink & Howard, LLC
Ryan Terry, Oscar Mayer
Stephanie Thompson, UW Credit Union
Marlene Vadjunec, United Way of Dane County
Mary Vertacic, American Family Insurance
Joyce Wodka, Edgewood Campus School

2014 Rosenberry Ambassadors

Ryan Behling, Merrill Lynch
Chad Beltz, BMO Harris Bank
Bridgett Best, Capital Newspapers
Nicholas Bodwin, Town Bank
Joshua Boese, TASC
Katie Bolen-Irwin, UW Credit Union
Lisa Brey, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
Elizabeth Cardinale, BMO Harris Bank
Edward Chady, Dean Health System
Sam Croswell, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
Katie Daniel, Wegner CPAs
Allison Evans, M3 Insurance
Melissa Fellows, Associated Bank
Grant Foster, Dean Health System
Emily Greb, Perkins Coie
Ryan Gresmer, US Bank
Jasen Hagenow, Meridian Group, Inc.
Ben Hager, J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
Heather Halvorson, Summit Credit Union
Scott Hausmann, Hausmann-Johnson Insurance, Inc.
Andrew Hebl, Boardman & Clark LLP
Ashley Hein, Exact Sciences Corp.
Chase Horne, DeWitt, Ross & Stevens, S.C.
Andrew Justman, Madison Investment Advisors, LLC
Matthew Karnick, First Business
Matthew Lee, Foley & Lardner LLP
Christine Leutkens, The QTI Group
Pradeep Madan, American Girl
Anita Mahamed, QBE North America
Maureen Martin, Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau
Christina McNamara, CUNA Mutual Group
Mayra Medrano, Madison Gas and Electric Company
Elizabeth Moyer, APS Healthcare
Benjamin Niebuhr, Alliant Energy
Andy Pascaly, Stroud, Willink & Howard, LLC
Nick Pelzer, Dane County Humane Society
Katherine Kruse Rather, University of Wisconsin Foundation
Kristin Rucinski, The Road Home Dane County, Inc.
Kyle Schaaf, Wegner CPAs
Dave Schleicher, Smith & Gesteland LLP
Kristin Schmidt, Kennedy Communications
Daryll Schmitz, First Business
Shelly Schwane, Wipfli, LLP
Eric Schwartz, WEA Member Benefits
Amanda Sharp, Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club
Jordan Shilts, TASC
Alexandra Spaight, Fiskars Brand
Kathryn Vaughn, Morgan Murphy Media
Kendra Whipple, American Family Insurance
Nicholas Wood, United Way of Dane County
Tobias Zutz, Exact Sciences Corp.

February 11th Is National “2-1-1 Day”

United Way of Dane County’s 2-1-1 provided 72,153 referrals for local residents in 2014.

February 11 is national “2-1-1 Day” in recognition of the free, confidential, easy to remember phone number that connects people to essential community resources (e.g. non-emergency 9-1-1.) In Dane County and surrounding areas, the United Way 2-1-1 call center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is staffed by trained specialists who help individuals and families find assistance in a broad range of services including food pantries, affordable housing, health resources, child care, after school programs, elderly care, financial literacy and job training programs. In 2014, Dane County’s 2-1-1 center answered 47,890 calls for help and provided 72,153 referrals.

“We hear from people in need every day through calls to United Way 2-1-1,” Leslie Ann Howard, President & CEO, United Way Dane County says. “It’s humbling to hear people’s stories, we work hard to link folks who are often in extreme stress to the right sources for their needs.”

United Way 2-1-1 specialists connect callers to essential community information and services on everything from food to housing needs, job counseling services, health resources, and seasonal help.
“During tax season, 2-1-1 has many resources for free tax preparation assistance,” Burlie Williams, Director, United Way 2-1-1 & Volunteer Center says. “Many people in Dane County could benefit from an Earned Income Tax Credit, Homestead Tax Credit or even qualify for free tax preparation but aren’t aware of it. In a lot of cases, the money available in a credit or refund could help them pay for rent and avoid homelessness.”

United Way 2-1-1 can also connect anyone to a number of resources and sites to help educate and assist residents in understanding the Affordable Care Act, navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace and see if they qualify for the HealthConnect program.
HealthConnect, a United Way of Dane County health insurance premium assistance program supported by UW Health and Unity Insurance, is still accepting applications for help this year. HealthConnect is open to any Dane County resident whose income falls between 100-150 percent of the federal poverty level. (HealthConnect is not health insurance but rather provides financial assistance for an individual’s out of pocket cost of the insurance premium for silver level health plans purchased through the Health Insurance Marketplace.)

About United Way 2-1-1
United Way 2-1-1 is an efficient, effective, free and confidential way to give or get help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 2-1-1 is part of statewide and national systems, ensuring a quality service that meets local and national standards. 2-1-1 has been a service of United Way of Dane County since 1982, staffed by trained specialists who assess callers’ needs and refer them to resources that can be of assistance. For more information visit our webpage at www.unitedwaydanecounty.org/2-1-1.